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On the Animation of the Inorganic
Author: Spyros Papapetros

ISBN: 9780226380193
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 15 February 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.3
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Throughout human history, people have imagined inanimate objects to have intelligence, language, and even souls. In our secular societies today, we still willingly believe that nonliving objects have lives of their own as we find ourselves interacting with computers and other equipment. In On the Animation of the Inorganic, Spyros Papapetros examines ideas about simulated movement and inorganic life during and after the turn of the twentieth century-a period of great technical innovation whose effects continue to reverberate today.Exploring key works of art historians such as Aby Warburg, Wilhelm Worringer, and Alois Riegl, as well as architects and artists like Fernand Leger, Mies van der Rohe, and Salvador Dali, Papapetros tracks the evolution of the problem of animation from the fin de siecle through the twentieth century. He argues that empathy-the ability to identify with objects of the external world-was repressed by twentieth-century modernist culture, but it returned, projected onto inorganic objects such as machines, automobiles, and crystalline skyscrapers. These modern artifacts, he demonstrates, vibrated w...

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